Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Enjoy a virtuoso time among musical greats

Enjoy a virtuoso time among musical greats

Be amazed by music from around the world, at Bath’s premier festival of sound.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture
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Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs and is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, dating back more than 700 years.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Low cost
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Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Inspired by the famous Edinburgh event, the Ventnor Fringe brings all varieties of arts to the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

August events
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Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Festivals and carnivals
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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Landlubbers beware! Grab an eye-patch and a parrot and head to Brixham for an adventure on the high seas.

Location: Brixham, Devon

Family
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Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August with a parade around the city, culminating in an event in Victoria Park.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Take in music, art, comedy, theatre, literature and inspiring things to do in Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday bash in his own hometown

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday bash in his own hometown

Get caught up in the spectacular street party that is Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations, this April in Warwickshire’s Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Culture
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Blow away the cobwebs at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Blow away the cobwebs at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Book a short break and feast on the musical delights of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in April and May, right in the cultural heart of the Cotswolds.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Celebrate of all things Sunderland at the Sunderland Festival

Celebrate of all things Sunderland at the Sunderland Festival

Every year new elements are added to make the Sunderland festival bigger and better, promising a fantastic weekend full of activities for everyone.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Boots on the ground in the North York Moors

Boots on the ground in the North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park hosts its first ever walking festival over the spring bank holiday weekend in May.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Take in some drag queen cabaret or chill out to some pumping tunes; whatever you decide to do at Bristol Pride, it won’t be boring.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Watch a live opera performance at the Buxton Festival

Watch a live opera performance at the Buxton Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Music and nightlife
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Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Maypole and morris dancing, craft stalls and Wiltshire’s farm produce are just some of the many things you’ll find at this free event in May.

Location: Downton, Wiltshire

Free
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

A literary festival with a distinctly local flavour and a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for book lovers.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Party hard at England's biggest indoor world music festival

Party hard at England's biggest indoor world music festival

Take a journey through the world of music at Whitby’s annual Musicport Festival, an event full of excellent live music and cultural diversity.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Performing arts

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